LAPD Investigating YouTube Star After Video Shows Alleged Dog Abuse
The LAPD is investigating YouTube star, Brooke Houts, after several complaints were made about a video she uploaded which allegedly shows her abusing her dog.
After Houts -- who has more than 330,000 subscribers -- accidentally uploaded an unedited video in which she appears to hit and spit on her pet Doberman, Sphinx, users across social media were quick to blast the star, calling her actions "unacceptable".
While Howes quickly removed the video, replacing with an edited cut, it had already spread like wildfire throughout Twitter, with a spokesperson for the LAPD revealing they had received "numerous complaints" on the matter.
“Our Animal Cruelty Task Force has received numerous complaints about the video you’re speaking of and we are currently looking into the matter,” an LAPD media representative told The Verge.
Meanwhile, Howes has since issued a lengthy statement over social media, apologising "to anyone who has been affected negatively by the footage". She did, however, deny any abuse towards her dog.
“I’m clearly actually frustrated [in the video]. That being said, this does NOT justify me yelling at my dog in the way that I did, and I’m fully aware of that," she said in the statement.
"Should I have gotten as angry as I did in the video? No. Should I have raised my voice and yelled at him? No. However, when my 75 lb. Doberman is jumping up in my face with his mouth open, I do, as a dog parent, have to show him that this behaviour is unacceptable.”
“But I want to make it known that regardless of what my dog does, I should not have acted that way towards him,” Houts said.
However, it seems the damage had already been done, with Twitter users -- including PETA and wrestler Kassius -- vilifying the 20-year-old for he behaviour towards her pet.
"I sense no ACTUAL remorse in @brookehouts 'apology'. The footage of Brooke abusing her dog shows she is UNFIT to have a pet," pro wrestler Kassius said on Twitter, while PETA called for the star to be banned from YouTube.
Popular YouTubers, including Logan Paul, have also weighed in on the situation, with Paul referring to the clip as “vile.”
Meanwhile, other Twitter users uploaded snaps of their own pets while encouraging proper treatment of animals in solidarity against the YouTube star's worrying actions.
The LAPD has reportedly declined to comment beyond confirming an investigation was underway.